Lot 101
  • 101

Marcel Duchamp

30,000 - 40,000 EUR
100,000 EUR
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  • Marcel Duchamp
  • Eau & Gaz à tous les étages
  • Eau & Gaz à tous les étages plaque: signed with the initials M.D. (lower right)

    Large Glass colourtype: inscribed MARCEL COLORVIT POUR ANDRE BRETON (lower centre)

    Self Portrait in Profile (hinged interior lid): inscribed Marcel Dechivaravit and numbered 123J (centre)

    Self Portrait in Profile (edition justification page on verso of the book Sur Marcel Duchamp by Robert Lebel): signed Marcel Duchamp, signed by Robert Lebel and numbered J

  • Cloth-covered box containing the deluxe edition of Sur Marcel Duchamp by Robert Lebel (1959) with the limited edition metal plaque Eau & Gaz à tous les étages, and celluloid facsimile of the Large Glass as well as Self Portrait in Profile in the interior
  • box: 35.2 x 26.5 x 6 cm; 13 3/4  x 10 1/2  x 2 3/8  in; book: 32 x 24.3 cm; 12 5/8  x 9 1/2  in; Eau & Gaz à tous les étages: 15 x 20 cm; 5 7/8 x 7 7/8 in.


André Breton
Sale: Calmels Cohen, Paris, André Breton, 42, rue Fontaine, April 8, 2003, lot 524
Acquired at the above sale by Dr. Arthur Brandt


Ithaca, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, A Private Eye: Dada, Surrealism and More from the Brandt Collection, 2006, illustrated in the catalogue p. 42


Arturo Schwarz, The Complete Works of Marcel Duchamp, London, 1997, vol. II, no. 560 (Eau & Gaz à tous les étages) and 563 (design for Lebel's Sur Marcel Duchamp), illustration of other examples pp. 814 and 815
Francis M. Naumann, Marcel Duchamp: The Art of Making Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, New York, 1999, no. 724, illustration of another example p. 191
Francis M. Naumann, The Recurrent, Haunting Ghost: Essays on the art, life and legacy of Marcel Duchamp, New York, 2012, no. 26-12, illustration of another example p. 363

Catalogue Note

The deluxe edition of Robert Lebel's monograph Sur Marcel Duchamp, published in Paris in 1959, one of 17 lettered examples in addition to the special edition numbered I-X. The reddish-brown cloth-covered box features an imitated Readymade of the plaque EAU & GAZ A TOUS LES ETAGES, affixed to the box cover, a facsimile metal plaque executed in an edition of 27 after similar plaques typically affixed to residential buildings in France. The inside of the box contains additional items as listed above. Accompanied by a letter addressed to André Breton from Arnold Fawcus, dated 26 June, 1958, founder of the Trianon Press (publisher of Sur Marcel Duchamp) requesting Breton to proof-read Lebel's book, the first comprehensive monograph on Duchamp.